LA 2015: 2016 Honda Civic Coupe Looks To Regain Lost Crown, But Where's The Manual?

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
la 2015 2016 honda civic coupe looks to regain lost crown but where s the manual

To quote the immortal Denny Green, the 2016 Honda Civic Coupe is who we thought they were. The two-door compact broke cover Tuesday before the Los Angeles Auto Show and confirmed our suspicions for the eagerly anticipated coupe.

The Civic Coupe will be powered by a pair of four cylinder engines, a 158 horsepower 2-liter and 178-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo four.

According to the automaker, the Civic Coupe is nearly 3 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the outgoing model. That translates into 8.4 cubes more of interior space and fully five more inches for rear passengers’ legs, just like the sedan.

Also like the sedan, the Coupe sports a range of trims starting with the LX all the way up to Touring. A six-speed manual is only available on lower trims, fitted to the 2-liter four. A continuously variable transmission is standard on higher grades, including the 1.5-liter turbo. The Civic Coupe will get Si and Type R treatment later on, so it would be prudent to expect row-your-own mills on those cars.

Honda announced the car would go on sale in March but did not specify a starting price.

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  • Tjh8402 Tjh8402 on Nov 19, 2015

    Another source said that Honda was working on/planning to offer a manual with the turbo motor, but it wouldn't be in the initial run. I hope so but at the same time its disappointing to only see it offered in the coupe. Adulthood has dimmed my view of two door version of mass market cars. It makes sense for a Mustang to be a two door, but what do you really gain from making a Civic one? All you do is lose space/practicality/versatility. I'm saying this as a single guy who rarely carries back seat passengers but still need easily accessible cargo space. I'd level the same critique at the Accord for being V-6 manual in 2 door form only. Here's to hoping Honda recognizes the enthusiast bent of many hatchback buyers and gives them a full range of transmission, engine, and trim choices.

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    • Tjh8402 Tjh8402 on Nov 20, 2015

      @S2k Chris - I understand from a business perspective why there's no manual 1.5t 4 door; I'm not sure why Honda offers a manual at all. I'm just lamenting that a person is forced that you can't have practicality, efficiency/affordability, and fun all in the same package.

  • CincyDavid CincyDavid on Nov 19, 2015

    We are a Honda family...had 2 '13 Civics and a '14 Accord until one of the Civics got totaled in a collision, have had about 10 other Honda products over the years. I would not even consider a Cruze...until I had one as a rental last weekend in FL. LTZ trim, nice upright seating position, which beats the heck out of the "sitting on the floor" posture in a Honda, nicely screwed together, 20,000 miles on it and all the trim and paint seemed to be holding up well. If I can get my bride to look at something other than another Accord, perhaps we will take a look at Chevrolet the next time we go car shopping. Not a Civic torque, compared to the Accord, and too small.

  • Robert I have had 4th gen 1996 model for many years and enjoy driving as much now as when I first purchased it - has 190 hp variant with just the right amount of power for most all driving situations!
  • ToolGuy Meanwhile in Germany...
  • Donald More stuff to break god I love having a nanny in my truck... find a good tuner and you can remove most of the stupid stuff they add like this and auto park when the doors open stupid stuff like that
  • John Williams Sounds like a Burnout Special you can put together on any 5.0 F150. Whoever said this was Cars and Coffee bait is right on the money.
  • ToolGuy Question: F-150 FP700 (  Bronze or  Black) supercharger kit is legal in 50 states, while the  Mustang supercharger kit is banned in California -- why??